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3rd Quarter
(September 2012) 

 GEF-NGO Network is an independent network of civil society organisations which acts as a bridge between civil society and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) - the largest global financing mechanism for the environment.


Greetings from the GEF NGO Network!  We present here our third quarter 2012 newsletter to keep you updated on the GEF Network activities, news from the Network regions and Indigenous Peoples Focal Points, news on GEF and upcoming events. Happy reading. 


 News from Central Focal Point     

Election for Regional Focal Point (RFP) for Central Africa, South America, West Asia and the Pacific region.

The Network initiated election for the RFP for Central Africa, South America, West Asia dn the Pacific region on 23 July 2012. The election results has been announced for the Central Africa, South America and the Pacific region while for the West Asia region, voting process is currently ongoing until 24 Oct 2012 (click here for more details). The Network is pleased to announce the new RFP for the following regions:

Region New RFP
Central Africa Federation of Environmental and Ecological Diversity for Agricultural Revampment and Human Rights (FEEDAR & HR), Cameroon
South America FUNDACION ECOS, Uruguay
The Pacific Ole Siosiomaga Society Incorporated (OLSSI), Western Samoa

For the contact details on the RFPs, click here.


Funding Needs Assessment for CBD Completed 

The GEF NGO Network continued to be part of the CBD expert team mandated by CBD COP 10 with decision X/26 to prepare a funding need assessment for CBD. The main result is a clear call on GEF donors to provide additional funding to significantly support the implementation of CBD’s Strategic Plan and the 20 Aichi Targets up to 2020. The GEF-6 period is a critical phase to take a major step forward in assisting GEF-eligible countries to meet the Aichi Targets. Three scenarios are presented to CBD COP-11 which range from US$ 7 billion to US$ 17 billion in funding requirement for the GEF Trust Fund taking into account the rules of incremental reasoning and GEF’s current co-financing ratio of 1:4.



The full report is available as information document on the CBD website (UNEP/CBD/COP/11/INF/35 http://www.cbd.int/doc/meetings/cop/cop-11/information/cop-11-inf-35-en.pdf )


Update on Network Membership

The Network welcomed 14 new members to the Network in September 2012. Click here for the list of the new members. As of today, the Network consists of 474 members. Click here for the membership breakdown according to regions and focal areas.

News from Network Regions

Southern Africa - Regional CSO meeting, 31 July 2012.

About 19 representatives from the CSOs in Southern Africa met in Mozambique for a 1-day meeting to share knowledge and experiences, particularly related to GEF. The meeting was held prior to the GEF ECW held in Mozambique on 1-2 Aug 2012 and was made possible with the funding from GEF.  Read more >>



North East AsiaEco-Volunteers Camp in Mongolia  

Green Initiatives of Mongolia initiated an eco-volunteer camp in Bayan Onjuul soum at Tov Province, Mongolia. Besides conducting field research in the conservation and livelihood, it promoted participation and awareness raising of local people for conservation at grassroot level.  




East Asia's hope in the framework of GEF-NGO Network


A special message of hope from a Network member, Japan Council for Sustainable Development. Click here for the message




Southern Africa  - Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Mozambique

The GEF Secretariat brought together representatives from 10 countries  (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) in the Southern Africa region to the ECW held on 1-3 Aug 2012 in Maputo, Mozambique. Click here for the report.



Eastern Europe & Central Asia  - Conservation work in Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve in Kazakhstan   

Biodiversity Conservation Fund of Kazakhstan, a member of the GEF-NGO Network is beginning to see the fruits of its biodiversity conservation effort in the Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve, Kazakhstan with the increase in the number of the saiga-antelope and waterfowl at the reserve. Read more.


News from Indigenous Peoples  
Indigenous Peoples call on new World Bank President to strengthen safeguards to protect their rights
23 July, 2012 - While the newly appointed World Bank President takes office, at Rio+20 98 indigenous peoples’ organisations and 48 NGOs released an open letter to Jin Yong Kim to express frustration and concern with the ongoing review of the safeguard policies and the progressive dilution of and lack of implementation of commitments to respect indigenous peoples’ rights.


The full text of the letter can be found at: http://www.forestpeoples.org/topics/safeguard-accountablility-issues/publication/2012/indigenous-peoples-letter-incoming-presiden

News on GEF  

A Special Message from Dr. Naoko Ishii, New GEF CEO to CSO.

As the new CEO takes the helm of the GEF operation, she conveys a special message and her aspiration for working with CSOs. Click here to view her message




2020 New Vision for GEF   

Jeju, Republic of Korea, September 10, 2012 - Dr. Naoko Ishii, the new CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, announced today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Korea her vision for a revitalized and ambitious GEF. Read more >>



News from SGP 

GEF CEO visits KENVO project site in the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest, Kenya

September 10, 2012, the new CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Dr. Naoko Ishii, visited a GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) project site located in the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest in Kiambu County, Kenya. The GEF SGP country team and the project grantee organization, the Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO), took Dr. Ishii to the Osotua camp, a community camp that was established with the....... read more





Upcoming Highlights    

Upcoming GEF's Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

The upcoming ECWs in the last quarter of 2012 are as follows :

ECW Tanzania

Date : Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 - Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 
Venue: Arusha, Tanzania 
Eligible Countries : Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda 

ECW Asia

Date : Monday, Nov 05, 2012 - Tuesday, Nov 06, 2012 
Venue: Delhi, India 
Eligible CountriesCambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China

For further information and application click here. 


Upcoming GEF Council-CSO Consultation Meeting, Washington DC, 12 Nov 2012 

The next meeting of the GEF Council consultation with representatives of civil society organizations will be held in Washington D.C., on Monday, November 12, 2012. The meeting will be followed by the 43rd Council meeting from November 13 to 15, 2012. The application of CSO representatives seeking financial assistance to attend consultations has been closed. However, registration of self sponsored participants will be open until October 20, 2012. All interested CSOs must apply on line at :

CBD COP11, 8- 19 Oct 2012, Hyderabad, India 

The GEF-NGO Network will be hosting two side-events during the CBD COP11 at the meeting venue, Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) as follows :

Interactive CSO Dialogue with the GEF CEO
Date : 15 Oct 2012, Monday
Time :  17:00 - 18:00
Venue : Room #2.02, Level 2

Civil Society Engagement in GEF & CBD
Date : 15 Oct 2012, Monday
Time :  18:05 - 19:45
Venue : Room #2.02, Level 2 



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About the GEF NGO Network

The GEF NGO Network is an independent Network of civil society organizations (CSOs) established in 1995 to facilitate civil society inputs to GEF processes. The GEF-NGO Network comprises nearly 500 member organizations with experience and expertise in GEFs areas of work from all regions around the world. It is governed by a global Coordination Committee composed of representatives of elected Regional Focal Point organisations from 16 geographic regions and three Indigenous Peoples Focal Points from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The day-to-day work of the Network is coordinated by a Central Focal Point (CFP) elected from among the Coordination Committee members. It has been recognised by the GEF Council and GEF Secretariat as a key entity in the work of the GEF. For more information, please visit www.gefcso.org.  


About the Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial organisations, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants.
Since 1991, the GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $10.5 billion in grants and leveraging $51billion in co-financing for over 2,700 projects in over 165 countries. Through its Small grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 14,000 small grants directly to civil society and community Organisation, totaling $634 million. For more information, please visit www.thegef.org

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